Dec 10, 2013
By Jane Brown
It was a highly anticipated interview here in Toronto and across Canada. Former media publisher Conrad Black sat down with Toronto’s embattled mayor Rob Ford on Friday for a conversation which aired last night on The Zoomer on our sister station, Vision TV.
It was the first Canadian interview given by Ford since the latest round of police documents was released suggesting the mayor is friends with gang members who provide him with marijuana and hard drugs. Ford told Conrad Black, the police investigation was political and in retaliation for his demand that the police budget be cut by 10 percent. Ford also talked about the media’s unrelenting coverage of his personal troubles. “I guess the worst one was (Toronto Star’s) Daniel Dale in my backyard taking pictures. I have little kids,” Ford explained, “When a guy’s taking pictures of little kids, I don’t want to say that word, but you start thinking, what’s this guy all about? And I just lost it when my neighbour called me and I caught this guy on the bricks over my fence taking pictures.”
Those comments have fueled a firestorm of tweets on the social network twitter. Toronto Star editor Michael Cooke says, “just when you think Ford has said the most stupid thing, he tops himself with another outrage.” Dale has said he was on public property researching for a story and was physically threatened by the mayor, which Ford later denied.